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Texas Aggies Go 1-3-0 in Utah Beehive Classic

By Aggie Hockey Team News, 12/02/17, 4:45PM CST

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Weber State Wildcats

The Aggies traveled out of state the weekend before Thanksgiving for a four-game set in the Beehive Classic taking place around Salt Lake City, Utah. The Aggies traveled on Thursday and that night took on the host of the Classic, the Wildcats of Weber State, in Ogden. The maroon and white could never seem to shake the travel legs in this one and fell behind early to Weber State 2-0 before Colin Butler collected his own rebound and fired home a shot with 4 seconds left in the first period on the power play. However, A&M did not capitalize on the momentum and fell to a final score of 5-1. Christian Westerberg stopped 24 shots in the loss before giving way to Brydon Gillilan who stopped the final 17. Aggies went 1-10 on the power play.

Brigham Young University

On Friday night, the Aggies traveled to the south side of Salt Lake City to take on the Brigham Young University Cougars in Provo. The Aggies seemed to acclimate to the altitude overnight and took over the game early with physicality and puck movement, but could only find the net once in the first courtesy of a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal from Mark Oswald assisted by Taylor Pennell and Huston Svondrk. Leading scorer Huston Svondrk would then score twice in the second period to offset two Cougar goals, and the Aggies would lead 3-2 going into the third. Mark Oswald would then find twine in the third period again and it would prove to outlast BYU as the Aggies would hold on to win 4-3. Brydon Gillilan made 32 saves in the win, his sixth of the season.On Friday night, the Aggies traveled to the south side of Salt Lake City to take on the Brigham Young University Cougars in Provo. The Aggies seemed to acclimate to the altitude overnight and took over the game early with physicality and puck movement, but could only find the net once in the first courtesy of a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal from Mark Oswald assisted by Taylor Pennell and Huston Svondrk. Leading scorer Huston Svondrk would then score twice in the second period to offset two Cougar goals, and the Aggies would lead 3-2 going into the third. Mark Oswald would then find twine in the third period again and it would prove to outlast BYU as the Aggies would hold on to win 4-3. Brydon Gillilan made 32 saves in the win, his sixth of the season.

Boise State Broncos

For the first game of the weekend on Saturday afternoon, A&M traveled back to Ogden to take on the Boise State Broncos in a late-afternoon showdown. The boys from Texas took the first period on by storm with a seeing-eye shot from Taylor Pennell after a turnover forced by Colin Butler fell to Nick Early, who found Pennell for a backhand snipe from the top of the crease. Nick Early would then shove home a perfect backdoor pass from Andrew Monhollen after some dazzling stick work form the junior defenseman. Huston Svondrk would then score on a breakaway early in the second period before Boise State began to take back the game and score 5 unanswered to win the game 5-3. Christian Westerberg stopped all 11 shots he faced in the first period before being replaced by Gillilan, who turned aside 26 and took the loss.

University of Colorado Buffaloes

To close the weekend out for the Aggies, they faced-off against the University of Colorado-Boulder Buffaloes in an early morning game. Early in the game, Colin Mills would have to leave with an upper body injury after a hit from a fore-checking Buffalo. This would start off a slow game for the Aggies, who only found the net in the dying minutes of the game when Andrew Monhollen called his own number and fired home a shot from the top of the right circle. Gilllilan would stop 32 shots in the 4-1 loss.

Next Game

A&M will return to the Lone Star State to face the rival University of Texas Longhorns in Austin on Saturday, December 9th at 8:30 PM before having a break for the holidays. The Aggies won the previous meeting 7-4 in College Station on November 3rd.